514 - Classic Veracruz Rising: Emergent Politico-Economic Complexity along Mexico's Gulf Lowlands AD 100 - 600.

16.07.2012 | 08:00 - 13:30

Convener 1: Arnold, Philip (Loyola University Chicago , Chicago, Ud States of Am / USA)
Convener 2: Pool, Christopher (University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ud States of Am / USA)

This symposium explores the origins of the archaeological phenomenon often identified as "Classic Veracruz." This cultural expression was realized along Mexico 's Gulf lowlands during the Classic Period (ca. AD 100 - 900). Its archaeological and artistic manifestations have been well documented: urban development; an emphasis on ball-game rituals; the use of long-count calendrics and occasional glyphic texts; and a distinctive sculptural style. Less clear, however, is the manner in which Classic Veracruz grew out of its Formative Period (1500 BC - AD 100) Olmec and/or Epi-Olmec roots. Some portions of the Gulf lowlands reveal continuity from the Olmec era to the Classic Period while other areas suggest a Classic Period florescence lacking a strong Olmec foundation. Regardless of cultural antecedents, new data suggest that the transition from earlier periods was far from seamless. In fact, these findings indicate that the Classic Period was marked by significant changes in political organization, economic activities, and cultural interactions across the Gulf lowlands. This symposium highlights the dynamic, emergent character of Classic Veracruz cultural expression. An international panel of scholars will address topics that include the development of urbanization, the potential clash of local versus extra-local influence, and the reconfiguration of the Gulf lowlands as a politico-economic landscape. Presentations will explore recently collected data from the Gulf lowlands, as well as offer new interpretations of extant datasets. Ultimately, these insights provide a more secure basis on which to consider and evaluate the economic, political, and ideological underpinning of "Classic Veracruz."

Keywords: Veracruz, Gulf lowlands, Classic Period

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3653 - The Standard Plan Stark, Barbara Ud States of Am / USA
4046 - The higher you go, the lower they get: reflections on the inverse relationship between site size and altitude in Central and Southern Veracruz Classic Period settlement pattern. DANEELS, Annick J. E. Mexico / Mexiko
4658 - Classic Veracruz Rising in the Western Tuxtla Mountains Arnold, Philip Ud States of Am / USA
5420 - Visual communication within and without south-central Veracruz Wyllie, Cherra Ud States of Am / USA
5873 - ¿Qué pasó después del Proto-clásico? Excavaciones arqueológicas recientes en un sitio del Clásico Temprano en la región Centro-Sur de Veracruz. Donner, Natalia Ruth Mexico / Mexiko Hernández Arana, Jonathan (Proyecto Arqueológico El Carrizal, Ver., veracruz, Mexico / Mexiko)
6291 - Un mundo en paralelo. Los juegos de pelota prehispánicos de la Sierra de Santa Marta, Ver. Lourdes, Budar Mexico / Mexiko
6800 - The Formative-Classic Transition on the Western Tuxtlas Frontier: Continuities and Disjunctures Pool, Christopher Ud States of Am / USA
7021 - El valle intermontano de Maltrata y su relación con la Costa del Golfo Lira López, Yamile Mexico / Mexiko
10479 - Continuities in epi-Olmec ritual practices referred to in hieroglyphic texts (John Justeson & Terrence Kaufman) Justeson, John Ud States of Am / USA
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